Corrunich Cottage

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If you have ever wanted to step into a book, this is the cottage for you, set in a remote location, deep in the heart of whisky country and surrounded by wild, picturesque hills.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

Corrunich is the subject of the enchanting book 'The Moon's Our Nearest Neighbour'. The property belongs to the book's author, Ghillie Basan, who lives in the main cottage with her two children and two dogs. To let out as a wilderness retreat, she has converted a detached barn into a spacious, open plan cottage which is warm, light and airy with wooden floors, oil-fired central heating and a wood-burning stove.

There is a double bed in the converted hay-loft and there is also a large bathroom with a roomy shower and a bath. A door leads from the cottage into an adjoining fitness room, equipped with table tennis, a rowing machine, cross and AB trainers and weights, all of which can be used (at your own risk). This leads in turn into an area equipped with a washing machine, drier and freezer and finally into the old stables, which house the firewood and an atmospheric whisky den.

This property is unique as the owner, who is also an internationally acclaimed food and travel writer and is around if you need any help. She is able to converse in French, Italian and Turkish if required. Equally, she is quite happy to leave you alone if you are seeking solitude. She even runs cookery workshops (details on request).

You may help yourself to the vegetables, herbs and berries growing in the garden in the summer months and there are plenty of wild mushrooms in the woods round about. The property is located up a shooting track (care required when driving) where the views are stunning.

Map & Local

You can just walk out of the door into the hills and enter a wilderness filled with roe deer, hares, grouse, buzzards and golden eagles.

The clear, starry nights are magical and the northern lights make a regular appearance. Corrunich is ideal for hill walkers, bird-watchers and cross-country skiers. It is also well-situated for fishing in the Avon, Livet and Spey rivers and there is pony-trekking, downhill skiing and golf in the area.

For those interested in whisky, there are distilleries dotted around the countryside and the village of Tomintoul (with shops, hotels and pubs), the highest settlement in the highlands, is some twelve miles away.

In winter, Corrunich is for the truly adventurous, who, at times of heavy snowfall when even the owner's Land Rover may not be able to get through, will not mind donning boots and full winter clothing to walk in and out with their luggage in rucksacks (just over a mile, so possibly unsuitable for children) and even being snowed in for days! Their reward is a truly magical experience, plus some great skiing, which they will dine out on for months to come.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Open-plan room - Sitting/Dining/Kitchen with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, cooker, fridge etc.
Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.
Adjoining Barn with laundry room + washing-machine, tumble-drier and deep-freeze (shared).
Fitness room with rowing machine + cross-trainer + weights and table tennis.


Double bedroom.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • Save 15% w/c 08 Oct 16 From 08/10/2016 to 14/10/2016
  • Save 20% w/c 01 Oct 16 From 01/10/2016 to 07/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 15/10/2016 to 21/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 22/10/2016 to 28/10/2016
  • Save £50 - 6 night break! (CA7) From 01/10/2016 to 06/10/2016
  • Winter Adventure From 01/12/2016 to 10/03/2017

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2
17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016 £395.00
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016 £445.00
29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 £365.00
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016 £595.00
28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017 £595.00
05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017 £595.00
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017 £595.00
18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017 £595.00
04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017 £450.00
08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017 £485.00
22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 £450.00
06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 £485.00
27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017 £535.00
03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 £485.00
01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017 £535.00
02 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017 £485.00
16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017 £450.00
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017 £485.00
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 £595.00
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017 £595.00
28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018 £595.00
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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My wife and I came all the way from New York and experienced a wonderful escape at Corrunich Cottage. We also had the pl...

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Very pleasant cottage, super location, wonderful owner. Ghillie was warm and provided good local information.


Well appointed cottage in a fantastic spot for hill walking.


Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in this delightful cottage. A haven for peace & quiet with access to hills & beyond. ...

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Just as promised, quiet, lovely setting in the hills, stunning landscape, really nice and cosy decorated cottage, warm a...

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